Software Engineering Licensing Exam Announced

To Software Engineering Professionals:

After years of hard work by countless software professionals across the country, the Software Engineering Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam is ready for its maiden administration in April 2013. This will mark the culmination of one phase of the journey and a critical step in the overall philosophy surrounding software engineering and the licensing of software engineers in the United States.

The implementation of the exam creates a path to licensure for practicing software engineers, which helps solidify the profession as a recognized field of engineering. It may take years to thoroughly implement engineering licensure in the culture of software development, but the implementation of this exam is a huge step forward in the recognition that software engineering does directly and significantly impact public safety, health and welfare.

In anticipation of the implementation of the exam, the Software Engineering Licensure Consortium developed a guidance document to help Licensing Boards throughout the United States understand the unique aspects of the field of software engineering. That document will be ready for release by the end of 2012.

To help get the word out, I am asking that you share this information with any and all unlicensed software engineers and students in software engineering programs and encourage them to pursue licensure and take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (while in school) and the PE exam (after acquiring engineering experience) like other engineering disciplines currently do.

Thank you for support of software engineering and the new software engineering examination.

Lance Kinney, P.E.
Executive Director

Please find the NCEES Software Engineering Exam specification attached and see the links below for the announcements of the Software engineering exam.


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